Visualising π

3141 digits with stamp

Pi-Wire isn’t an academic project, but is something dreamt up by/with cool friend, maths teacher, pi-obsessive, and fellow geek, Chris Smith. Chris wanted to visualise the digits of pi in a similar way to Cristian Ilies Vasile, but he wondered if it could be done in real time. I surprised myself by getting really into it (I’m not usually a maths geek), and we built Pi-Wire over the course of a few days. Chris’s initial YouTube video of Pi-Wire can be seen on the site, but you can also play with Pi-Wire yourself for free.

Being the geeks we are, we were disappointed that there’s no .pi top-level domain. But Pi-Wire can be found at www.piwire.co.uk. The program can be downloaded and played with free of charge. Completed designs include a small QR code (seen right) that directs users back to the site (so they can try it for themselves). We envisage it being used for maths activities, engagement, or perhaps printing your own wallpaper* for hanging at home†…

As the site puts it, ”Enjoy. Lap it up. Savour.” (Chris’s words, not mine…)

 

 

 

 

 

* Just the first Google result – other sites are no-doubt available…

† It might be wise to ask your other half, presumably…